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Carles Curto Text: Carles Curto (formerly curator of the Geology Museum, Barcelona) & Jordi Fabre
Assistance from John S. White (former Smithsonian curator) John S. White


MEXICO

Silver
Silver. Front
Front
Silver. Rear
Rear
Silver. Side
Side
Silver.
Silver  

CE50AL9: Floater aggregate with polycrystalline growths of hexahedral Silver crystals with very well defined faces and edges, shiny and with small dark coatings of Acanthite. Although the area is known for its Fluorites, specimens from this particular mine are rare and good Silvers even more so.
The specimen comes from the Carles Curto collection, whose label and catalogue entry we will send to the buyer.
Encantada Mine, La Encantada, Municipio Melchor Múzquiz, Coahuila (Coahuila de Zaragoza)  Mexico

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3 × 2.2 cm = 1.38” × 1.18” × 0.87”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.3 cm = 0.12” × 0.12”

Former collection of Carles Curto



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Legrandite with limonite
 

EV67AL9: Group of sharp prismatic crystals, some of them doubly terminated, with good terminal faces, transparent, brilliant and with an intense color that stands out on the limonite matrix. A classic species from Mapimí, increasingly difficult to obtain.
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango  Mexico

Specimen size: 8 × 5.4 × 2.3 cm = 3.15” × 2.13” × 0.91”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.4 cm = 0.39” × 0.16”


€260 / US$303 / JPY31950 / AUD$427

Legrandite with limonite. Legrandite with limonite.
Reservado
Olivenite
Olivenite. Olivenite.

Recorded under LED light
 

TT96AL9: A novelty at Tucson 2020. Druse of elongated Olivenite crystals on matrix with sharp faces and edges and good terminal faces, with good luster and a very deep olive green color. As with so many other finds fromn Milpillas, among the best for the species.
Milpillas Mine, level 992, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora  Mexico (11-12/2019)

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.5 × 1.6 cm = 2.83” × 2.17” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.1 cm = 0.24” × 0.04”




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SPAIN

Stokesite on Microcline with Albite
 

NA13AL9: Aggregate of very sharp, colorless, transparent and shiny Stokesite crystals on a little Microcline matrix with Albite. These Stokesites, found in 1999 and featured in an article in The Mineralogical Record in 2012, are considered the best crystallized Stokesites in the world and were found in a single pocket from which very few specimens were recovered.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (1999)

Specimen size: 1 × 0.8 × 1 cm = 0.39” × 0.31” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.12” × 0.08”




Stokesite on Microcline with Albite. Front
Front
Stokesite on Microcline with Albite. Rear
Rear
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Cinnabar with Quartz
Cinnabar with Quartz. Cinnabar with Quartz.
 

NB37AL9: Groups of twinned rhombohedral crystals of Cinnabar on matrix with Quartz crystals, translucent, bright and with a very vivid color.
Almaden Mine, Almadén, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain

Specimen size: 3.8 × 1.5 × 1.4 cm = 1.50” × 0.59” × 0.55”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.16” × 0.08”




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Twinned Cerussite
Twinned Cerussite  

NJ70AL9: Floater growth of flattened reticulated prismatic twins of Cerussite whose white color shows a slightly brownish-pinkish tinge. In perfect condition, with a rosette-like appearance different from other specimens commonly seen from this locality.
The specimen comes from the Ignacio Gaspar Sintes collection, whose collection card we will send to the buyer.
Luis Mine, 88 m.↓ Norte vein, Del General Mines, Cabezarrubias del Puerto, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (10/2013)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.8 × 2.9 cm = 1.85” × 1.50” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 0.6 cm = 1.38” × 0.24”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar



Twinned Cerussite. Twinned Cerussite.
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Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline. Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline. Side
Side
 

NJ36AL9: Quartz (variety amethyst) on a Quartz crystal (variety smoky) with very dark tones. On a Microcline matrix.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona / Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 7.5 × 6 × 4.6 cm = 2.95” × 2.36” × 1.81”

Main crystal size: 7.1 × 3.6 cm = 2.80” × 1.42”




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Sphalerite with Dolomite
 

NA27AL9: Complex crystals of Sphalerite on a Dolomite matrix. The crystal is transparent, lustrous and with an intense and lively honey color. With contacts but no damage. Small parts of the back of the matrix have been cut to reduce the size of the specimen without damage to the crystals.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 7 × 5.5 × 4.4 cm = 2.76” × 2.17” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 1.6 cm = 0.87” × 0.63”




Sphalerite with Dolomite. Sphalerite with Dolomite.
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SPANISH FLUORITE

Fluorite with Calcite
Fluorite with Calcite. Front
Front
Fluorite with Calcite. Side
Side
Fluorite with Calcite. Side
Side
 

NC69AL9: Group of cubic Fluorite crystals with scalenohedral Calcite crystals on the back. The Fluorite crystals are transparent and very lustrous, with a color between lilac and violet and with markedly geometric zoning.
This Spanish classic comes from the collection of Miguel David Martínez (number 327), whose label we will send to the buyer.
La Viesca Mine, La Collada mining area, Huergo, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2017)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 8.4 × 6.4 cm = 3.46” × 3.31” × 2.52”

Main crystal size: 5.4 × 5.4 cm = 2.13” × 2.13”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



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Fluorite
 

NY27AL9: Group of Fluorite crystals with clearly dominant cube faces markedly beveled by the dodecahedron. Very transparent and lustrous with an intense, deep and uniform bluish violet color.
This modern Spanish classic comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (number 520), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 3.6 × 3 × 2.8 cm = 1.42” × 1.18” × 1.10”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1 cm = 0.59” × 0.39”

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



Fluorite. Front
Front
Fluorite. Side
Side
Fluorite.
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Fluorite with Calcite
Fluorite with Calcite. Fluorite with Calcite.
 

NF89AL9: Group of Fluorite crystals with fine dominant cube faces but clearly beveled by dodecahedral forms, very transparent, with good luster and a light lilac color, on matrix, with white scalenohedral Calcite crystals. The matrix has been sawn with a single cut on the back.
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 11.4 × 8 × 4.7 cm = 4.49” × 3.15” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 1.6 × 1.1 cm = 0.63” × 0.43”




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Fluorite with Baryte
 

ND96AL9: Fluorite crystals on a Baryte matrix. The Fluorite crystals have polycrystalline growths and the peculiarity of showing two colors, rare in specimens from this deposit, pale violet but clearly yellow around the edges.
The specimen comes from the Miguel David Martínez collection (number 399), whose label we will send to the buyer.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (1979)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 7 × 3.9 cm = 3.03” × 2.76” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.16” × 0.16”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Miguel David Martínez



Fluorite with Baryte. Fluorite with Baryte.
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Fluorite with Calcite
Fluorite with Calcite. Fluorite with Calcite.
 

MF89AL9: Aggregate of cubic Fluorite crystals between transparent and translucent, lustrous, with a light green color with yellowish tones. Covered by complex Calcite crystals with the dominant forms of the scalenohedron. A classic of Spanish mineralogy, with more luster than usual in specimens from this deposit.
Matagalls Mine (Sant Marçal Mines), Sant Marçal, Viladrau, Comarca Osona, Girona / Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 13.2 × 11.8 × 6.7 cm = 5.20” × 4.65” × 2.64”

Main crystal size: 1.4 × 1.2 cm = 0.55” × 0.47”

Fluorescent long & short UV



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PORTUGAL

Pyrite with Calcite
 

NC27AL9: Polycrystalline aggregates of hexahedral Pyrite crystals, with good luster and curious color variations, ranging from greenish yellow to brassy. An unusually aesthetic specimen from a very recent find in Panasqueira.
Minas da Panasqueira, level 3, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal (07-08/2020)

Specimen size: 9.6 × 6.4 × 3.5 cm = 3.78” × 2.52” × 1.38”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.7 cm = 0.31” × 0.28”




Pyrite with Calcite. Front
Front
Pyrite with Calcite. Side
Side
Pyrite with Calcite.
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FRANCE

Prehnite with Epidote and Albite
Prehnite with Epidote and Albite. Prehnite with Epidote and Albite.
 

EF37AL9: Prehnite crystals with sharp edges and well defined faces. With very marked curvatures and polycrystalline growths, translucent, shiny, and with an intense green color. On matrix, with Calcite and small, very sharp crystals of Epidote, transparent, very lustrous and with deep color. Excellent French classic from one of the typical localities for the species.
La Combe de la Selle, Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans, Le Bourg d'Oisans Comune, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  France (±1990)

Specimen size: 4.3 × 3.4 × 2.9 cm = 1.69” × 1.34” × 1.14”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1 cm = 0.47” × 0.39”




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TURKEY

Diaspore
 

ER98AL9: Mostly new after the Sainte Marie 2020 Virtual Show, from a classic Turkish locality but with a different transparency and color. The crystal is incomplete at the bottom, but has very sharp polycrystalline upper terminations. It is transparent, lustrous, deep yellow-green in focused natural light and more yellow under halogen lights, with very clearly visible dichroism shifting between soft red and green.
Ilbir Mountain, Pinarcik, Milâs District, Muğla Province, Aegean Region  Turkey (2020)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 1.8 × 1 cm = 2.24” × 0.71” × 0.39”




Diaspore. Front - Day light (incident light)
Front - Day light (incident light)
Diaspore. Front - Led light
Front - Led light
Diaspore. Rear - Day light (incident light)
Rear - Day light (incident light)
Diaspore. Rear - Led light
Rear - Led light
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Twinned Diaspore with Rutile
Twinned Diaspore with Rutile. Front - Day light (incident light)
Front - Day light (incident light)
Twinned Diaspore with Rutile. Front - Led light
Front - Led light
Twinned Diaspore with Rutile. Rear - Day light (incident light)
Rear - Day light (incident light)
Twinned Diaspore with Rutile. Top - Led light
Top - Led light
Twinned Diaspore with Rutile  

EV10AL9: Mostly new after the Sainte Marie 2020 Virtual Show, from a classic Turkish locality but with a different transparency and color. A twin of two crystals with different terminations, one of them with visible faces and the other with very acute polycrystalline growths. The longest crystal has a partially incomplete termination. The crystals are transparent, with good luster and abundant Rutile inclusions. They have an intense yellow-green color with focused natural light and more yellow under halogen light, and with clearly visible dichroism changing color between soft red and green.
Ilbir Mountain, Pinarcik, Milâs District, Muğla Province, Aegean Region  Turkey (2020)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 2.4 × 1.9 cm = 2.05” × 0.94” × 0.75”

Main crystal size: 5.2 × 1 cm = 2.05” × 0.39”




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MOROCCO

Baryte with Quartz, Pyrite and Marcasite
 

EC27AL9: Book-like aggregates of lamellar Baryte crystals on matrix, with Quartz crystals and partial coatings of small, very bright crystals of Pyrite and Marcasite. The back of the matrix shows missing crystal casts, probably an earlier generation of Baryte crystals.
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region  Morocco (2017)

Specimen size: 14.5 × 9.9 × 6.4 cm = 5.71” × 3.90” × 2.52”




Baryte with Quartz, Pyrite and Marcasite. Front
Front
Baryte with Quartz, Pyrite and Marcasite. Rear
Rear
Baryte with Quartz, Pyrite and Marcasite. Baryte with Quartz, Pyrite and Marcasite.
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SOUTH AMERICA (excl. Brazil)

'Pearceite' with Calcite
'Pearceite' with Calcite. 'Pearceite' with Calcite.
'Pearceite' with Calcite.
 

TH27AL9: Group of ‘Pearceite’ crystals with sharp faces and edges, and very marked striations, shiny and aesthetically centered on its matrix of white Calcite crystals. We label the species with quotation marks around 'Pearceite' due to the changes introduced by the IMA in the nomenclature of the species, which was recently subdivided.
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyón Province, Lima Department  Peru

Specimen size: 3.9 × 2 × 1,9 cm = 1.54” × 0.79” × 0.39”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.16” × 0.12”

Calcite fluorescent long & short UV



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CHINA

Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite
 

AX11AL9: Felted aggregates of filiform crystals of Carbonatecyanotrichite, a different species from the better known Cyanotrichite, with an intense and uniform blue color. On matrix, with Calcite and small Fluorite crystals.
Qinglong Mine, Dachang, Qinglong, Qianxi'nan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China

Specimen size: 1.4 × 0.9 × 0.7 cm = 0.55” × 0.35” × 0.28”




Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite. Front
Front
Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite. Rear
Rear
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Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite
Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite. Front
Front
Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite. Rear
Rear
 

AV13AL9: Felted aggregates of filiform crystals of Carbonatecyanotrichite, a different species from the better known Cyanotrichite, with an intense and uniform blue color. On matrix, with Calcite and small Fluorite crystals.
Qinglong Mine, Dachang, Qinglong, Qianxi'nan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China

Specimen size: 1.5 × 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.59” × 0.39” × 0.31”




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Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite
 

AR12AL9: Felted aggregates of filiform crystals of Carbonatecyanotrichite, a different species from the better known Cyanotrichite, with an intense and uniform blue color. On matrix, with Calcite and small Fluorite crystals.
Qinglong Mine, Dachang, Qinglong, Qianxi'nan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province  China

Specimen size: 2,7 × 1.3 × 1.4 cm = 0.79” × 0.51” × 0.55”




Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite. Front
Front
Carbonatecyanotrichite with Calcite and Fluorite. Rear
Rear
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